The Mandurah State Emergency Service (SES) Cadet program, conducted as part of the “Fast Track” course at the Mandurah Senior College, has been a spectacular success since its inception in 1986, and has inspired other SES Units to adopt similar programs based upon the Mandurah model.
As a means of introducing trained youth and fostering interest in careers with the Emergency Services, this program is innovative and unique. The cadet program has greatly assisted the Mandurah SES Unit in operational and public awareness programs.
The Mandurah SES cadets often participate as victims for training exercises, and also provide minor support to adult SES volunteers during operations.
DFES has supported the Mandurah SES Cadet program in the South West region since its introduction, and it has developed and grown into becoming a leader in its field. Many units in the South-West region have benefited from the trained youth and the leadership qualities the Cadets have developed during exposure to the innovative program. In fact, many units throughout WA have based their cadet programs on the Mandurah model, and we have received numerous enquiries for information on the program.
Mandurah Senior College staff, parents, students and Mandurah SES volunteers are proud to be trend setters and leaders in this field of endeavour. The benefits of such a program are many and varied for all concerned, not least for the Communities and SES Units in the South West Region.